Tuesday, Governor Tim Walz announced $56.6 million to help support Minnesota child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the start of the pandemic, Governor Walz asked child care providers to stay open to support the families of emergency workers. Providers responded to this call by diligently working to serve their communities despite great challenges, including significant costs due to decreasing group sizes and cleaning, staffing, and workflow changes needed to keep children healthy and safe. In Minnesota, child care access, especially for health care and other emergency workers, remains critical to the state’s public health response – an estimated 420,000 children are in households with one or two working parents in a tier one or two critical sector.
Once funding is approved, DHS and the Children’s Cabinet will provide information about how childcare providers can apply for the grants. Families seeking care can call the Child Care Aware parent line at 1.888.291.9811 or visit mn.gov/childcare for a map of open providers.